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.s. diplomatic mission in benghazi which killed ambassador stevens and three other americans grew out of a spontaneous demonstration against an anti-muslim video. the white house later reversed course and said it was a premeditated terrorist attack. david plouffe tried to clear up its inconsistency yesterday on "meet the press." >> information was being provided real time. obviously you're going to know more two weeks after an event and a week after an event and as ambassador rice -- that was the information from the intelligence community, provided for congress. the reason, obviously, we now have stipulated this is a terrorist attack is that came from the intelligence agencies. >> plouffe's comments after the director of national sbem generals released a mea culpa two days earlier saying it was the fault of the intelligence community and not the white house acknowledging its assessment was based on preliminary and evolving evidence. that explanation wasn't good enough for peter king, the top republican on the house homeland security committee who called for the resignation of u.n. am
the course of the last month than it had been for the last year and a half. >> so this rumor that stu stevens has been elevated to the sidelines poppy cook. >> i'm comfounded of references of stu stevens because i don't know who that is. but yes, no in terms of strategy, there's like when you move to a general election you get a whole bunch of -- that's a bigger campaign. so stuart was doing a lot of stuff before the general election. he's doing less stuff, but not so much he's been relegated to something as there is a lot more to do and he's doing the things he's good at. >> let's talk about the new and improved and wetter mitt romney that we saw yesterday on stage. i will say, you know, president obama that moment when he's in the downpour his shirt sleeves are wet, wiping his face away, the dram my tus persona on the stage, romney in the downpour, swagger is no the a word we often use with mitt romney but it was the sort of boldest, most confident romney we've seen in a long time. >> which presidential candidate looks better wet. i'm glad to finally get to those independent voters who are
chris stevens. it is highly likely that paul ryan will bring that up. how much of a liability is this for the white house? >> well, the president has had two priorities with regard to this incident. the first is to secure the american personnel in the region, to secure our embassies and diplomatic posts, reach out to leaders in the region and ensure they are meeting their security obligations and condemning the violence. the second is to get to the bottom of what happened to find the perpetrators of the violence and to bring them to justice. and you've seen governor romney weigh in without a full set of facts, as he often does on foreign policy. you hear a lot of chest thumping from him but not specifics. he hasn't rolled out a plan for america's relation with the middle east or north africa. in fact he took multiple positions on whether we should join that multinational coalition that took action in libya in the first place. so, ultimately that's just empty chest thumping from mitt romney. >> richard, i want to ask you, in terms of the empty chest thufr thumping i was less in
went and eventually killed chris stevens and members of his group. that said, there's enough kind of confusion around this that i guess my question to you is, how much of this is an issue going into november 6th? >> i mean i think it will certainly be an issue. that was joe biden's finest moment when he didn't know about it. maybe he and obama didn't know about these questions. it's clear there were more requests into the state department. even if they might have been met they would still have been overrun. they have not come to an answer of what went wrong basically. one of the things about the foreign policy issues going into the election, it's going to be under the microscope. remember in 2004 the days before eat lex consumed by the discussion of this ammo dumbp in iraq, this weapons depo that had been raided and weapons stolen. after the election i don't think anybody heard about that again. it was not the central issue of foreign policy the kerry campaign said. >> important underlying substance here. we had an ambassador in a dangerous situation left vulnerable. also a pseudo
yesterday where she says she takes responsibility for the attacks that killed chris stevens and several others. >> i take responsibility. i'm in charge of the state department, 60,000 plus people all over the world, 275 posts. the president and the vice president certainly wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals. >> so david, how does that play for the white house? >> i think if you look at the facts of the matter, the white house shouldn't be in bad position. i don't know if it was the front page of the "new york times" david kir patrick has a great story, interviewed people who were on the scene, who came away, after having -- libyans who talked to the libyans with who said they were mad about the video and these are the initial intelligence assessments. i've talked to the white house and said everything they said came from initial intelligence assessments. i think hillary clinton is right. these decisions are not made at the white house. if there's a problem there's a problem with the diplomatic security i could vision at the state.
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